The National Weather Service office in Ft. Worth has placed the following counties in north central Texas under a Winter Storm Watch from Thursday evening through Friday:
Bosque, Collin, Commanche, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Eastland, Erath, Grayson, Hamilton, Hopkins, Hood, Hunt, Denton, Johnson, Mills, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise. Previously included in the Winter Storm Watch issued earlier today are the counties of Montague, Cook, Young, Jack and Stephens.
A Winter Storm Watch means confidence is increasing that accumulations of ice/sleet/snow could make travel very dangerous. Rain is expected to begin early Thursday and change over to freezing rain as the temperatures drop below freezing overnight Thursday and into Friday. Overpasses will be the most impacted, with roadways possibly becoming icy overnight Thursday and into Friday. Ice accumulations of around 1/4 inch are possible. The weight of the ice collecting on the branches of trees and power lines could also create their own set of issues with damage from falling limbs and power outages. While there is still some uncertainty in the forecast for exactly where the freezing line will fall into place across north Texas, the potential does exist for icing conditions across the area. This will continue to be closely monitored and we’ll bring you the latest updates as soon as we can.
Here’s a graphical summary of the Winter Storm Watches currently in effect across the state.